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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Arrests in Ireland in Kerry Babies case

A news story from Ireland:

A woman who was arrested on suspicion of murder as part of the investigation into the death of a baby boy in Ireland almost 40 years ago has been released without charge.

A man in his 60s who was also arrested remains under detention at a Garda station in the south of the country.

The body of the five-day-old infant, known as Baby John, was found with multiple stab wounds in a bag on a beach in Co Kerry in April 1984.

The man and woman were arrested in the Munster region on Thursday “in relation to the discovery of the body of a male infant at White Strand, Caherciveen, County Kerry”, according to a garda statement.

The high-profile discovery became known as the “Kerry Babies” case, and would lead to a state apology over the treatment of a local woman.

Joanne Hayes was arrested and charged after Baby John’s body was found in 1984, but the charge was later dropped and a tribunal of inquiry was set up to probe the handling of her case by Gardai.

Advances in DNA profiling then confirmed that Ms Hayes, as she always maintained, was not Baby John’s mother.

In 2018, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, justice minister Charlie Flanagan and An Garda Siochana apologised to Ms Hayes.

More here.  And here is the Irish Times account. 

Kudos to Prop Anon for spotting this on Twitter and calling it to my attention. On Twitter, Prop Anon explains, "Robert Anton Wilson wrote about the mysterious "Kerry Babies" murders in his book Coincidance about his time living in Ireland." 

Prop has the connection correct, but the actual book is Cosmic Trigger 2. And RAW is quite scathing in the book about the unfair treatment of Joanne Hayes. 

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